hat human being has not longed to under-stand the meaning of existence, to fathomthe ultimate purpose of creation? And whoamong us does not desire a sense of security and well-being, the self-confidence and strength to cope withlife’s problems? Who has never yearned for perfect love,a love that does not fade with time, old age, or death?We all want to experience lasting satisfaction andperfection, but is it really possible? Or are such desiresand longings merely an escapist’s approach to the hardrealities of human existence?Through the example of his life and teaching, Para-mahansa Yogananda shows that the inner fulfillmentwe seek
be attained. In truth, allthe knowledge, creativity, love, joy, and peace we arelooking for are right within us, the very essence of ourbeings. To fully realize this—not just as an intellectualphilosophy but as an actual experience that bringsstrength and understanding into every area of our dailylives—is what Self-realization is all about.
Paramahansa Yogananda(January 5, 1893–March 7, 1952)